Almond Crusted Chicken Tenders Recipe

This post may contain affiliate links that won’t change your price but will share some commission.

Almond Crusted Chicken Tenders Recipe, a healthier oven-baked chicken tender recipe that has that popular crunch of fried chicken. Almonds add a slightly nutty flavor along with a crispy outside that you get from fried chicken.

Almond Crusted Chicken Tenders Recipe will become your favorite alternative to fried chicken tenders.

Almond Crusted Chicken Tenders pieces of almond crusted chicken breast.

I’ve been working with Blue Diamond since May and every new flavor I get is my favorite. I didn’t know almonds came in so many different delicious flavors.

My current favorite is the Bold Wasabi Soy Sauce and the Bold Sriracha. I challenge you to try them and not eat the whole can in one day!

As well, I love to serve snacks for football watching parties that include almonds. I made Almond Crusted Goat Cheese Rounds that were a big hit with both guys and girls. You can serve them on greens as a salad, but for an appetizer, I simply serve with my favorite crackers. Another very simple options is to serve a fruit tray with various almond selections or a cheese plate with almond options.

containers of Blue Diamond almonds behind a plate of baked chicken tenders.

I wanted to make a hearty appetizer for the guys to watch game day. I dredged chicken tenders in crushed almonds and flour and baked them until golden.

Almond Crusted Chicken Tenders Recipe are perfectly crunchy on the outside while being tenders and juicy on the inside. I paired the Almond Crusted Chicken Tenders Recipe with a Sriracha Dipping Sauce that is spicy and creamy. My Honey Mustard Sauce would be another tasty sauce for the chicken.

Lighter Sriracha Dipping Sauce on plate with Almond Crust Chicken Tenders

Almond Crusted Chicken Tenders Recipe

  1. You can pan fry the tenders in 1/2 inch oil if you prefer that to baking.
  2. I lightened the Sriracha Dipping Sauce with light mayonnaise and fat-free Greek yogurt. You can use regular ingredients if you prefer.
  3. I used a smokehouse flavored almond. You can use plain or any flavor you prefer.
  4. You can substitute an egg white for the egg in the coating mixture.
  5. Substitute 1% or fat-free milk, almond milk, or cashew milk in this recipe.
  6. I highly recommend cooking the Almond Crusted Tenders Recipe on a wire rack otherwise the bottom will not get crispy.
I love the mixture of almonds and panko for this oven ‘fried’ chicken tenders. If you need keto and/or gluten-free it’s an easy swap and you can still enjoy a crunchy chicken tender!
almond crusted chicken tenders on a plate with dipping sauce.

Almond Crusted Chicken Tenders Recipe

Crispy Almond Crusted Chicken Tenders Recipe makes a great tailgating and game day football watching snack. They are healthy, easy to prepare and tastes amazing.
Author: Paula
5 from 18 votes
Print Pin Rate
Save To Your Recipe Box
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Cut your grocery bill and your food waste. Unlock savings of up to 30%* (sometimes more!) compared to grocery store prices.


  • 8 to 10 chicken tenders
  • 1/2 cup almonds ground fine in a food processor
  • 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoon 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoon fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tablespoon sriracha sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • In a shallow bowl, whisk egg and milk.
  • In another bowl, mix ground almonds, panko, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper.
  • Place chicken tenders in a zip top bag and pound to 1/4 inch thickness with a mallet.
  • Remove from bag and dip first in egg mixture allowing it to drain slightly before dredging in almond mixture.
  • Place on wire rack.
  • Cook for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.
  • Meanwhile, whisk mayonnaise, yogurt, sriracha, honey and vinegar until smooth.
  • Refrigerate sauce for up to one week.


I love the mixture of almonds and panko for this oven 'fried' chicken tenders. If you need keto and/or gluten-free it's an easy swap and you can still enjoy a crunchy chicken tender!
  • Recommended gluten-free crackers>
  • Recommended low carb crackers> (also gluten-free) and I like these too>


Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 561mg | Potassium: 542mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 151IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 1mg
Want to save your favorite recipes?Create an account or login 7 'Save Recipe' to your Recipe Box. You can access your saved recipes on any device & generate a shopping list for recipes in your collections.
Tried this recipe?Please take a moment to comment letting me know how you liked it & consider giving it a 5 star rating. I love hearing from you!
Do you have questions about saving recipes to your Recipe Box?Visit Recipe Box FAQ!

As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post contains affiliate links. If you click the link and make a purchase I will receive a small commission at no cost to you. Visit all my recommended products at Paula’s Picks on Amazon. Read my entire Privacy Policy here.



5 from 18 votes (16 ratings without comment)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Your email address will not be published. Have you tried this recipe? Consider giving it 5 stars!